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next. >> from all of us here, we this is "world news." tonight the amazing miracle moment when that school clerk saved hundreds of school children, overwhelming a dangerous gunman with simple courage and kindness. >> i just want you to know that i love you, sweetheart, and i'm proud of you. that's a good thing that you given up. crossing a line, the images of women, children, covering their faces, afraid to breathe. is this proof syria used chemical weapons, and how should america respond? paradise at risk, yosemite, a national treasure, one of america's favorite family parks in the line of a wildfire. stop the thieves. we show you the time of day when burglars like to strike your home and a new device to catch them.
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>> good evening to you. this is one of those nights when an ordinary american teaches all of us lessons about courage and the kind of resolve that can save lives. she's that school clerk who convinced a 20-year-old man who put down his gun at the elementary school in atlanta filled with so many tiny school children. last night right here on "world news" she first told her amazing story, but now abc's steve osunsami has the 911 tapes that prove she was even more amazing than we thought. >> reporter: it's a heart stopping call to police. you can hear the sound of gunfire. >> i'm in the front office. he just went outside and started shooting. he said to tell them to back off. he doesn't want the kids. he wants the police. so back off and, um, what else, sir? he said he don't care if he die. he don't have nothing to live for.
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he said he's not mentally stable. >> antoinette tuff, the bookkeeper the accused gunman confronted in the school office, stayed on the phone with police after the bullets started flying. >> it was scary. i knew at that moment he was ready to take my life along with his and if i didn't say the right thing we all would be dead. >> reporter: she followed his orders. then she tried to get inside his head. >> do you want me to try -- i can help you. do you want me to -- you want me to talk to them and try? okay, but let me talk to them and let's see if we can work it out so you don't have to go away with them for a long time. >> reporter: she told him her story. >> you're going to be okay. i thought the same thing. you know, i tried to commit suicide last year after my husband left me. but look at me now. i'm still working and everything is okay. >> reporter: she promised to risk her own life to help him surrender safely, and that's when he got on the ground and put the guns aside.
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>> it's going to be all right, sweetheart. i want you to know that i love you and i'm proud of you. that's a good thing that you're just giving up and don't worry about it. we all go through something in life. >> reporter: this is where she buzzes the police in -- >> stay on the ground! >> reporter: and this is where she breaks down. >> i never been so scared in all the days of my life. >> you did great. >> oh, jesus. >> you did great. >> oh, god. >> reporter: today police told us 20-year-old michael brandon hill was carrying an ak-47 that he took from a friend's home. his family explains he has a history of psychiatric issues and police say he told them he was off his meds. she's an everyday person who did something extraordinary. it makes you recognize how school workers can so easily set aside their own issues to deal with everyone else's. diane? >> she did teach us so much.
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thank you, steve. >> by the way, antoinette told me last night that her pastor showed her how to stay calm and pray on the inside in the midst of chaos, and so she did. and now we head overseas because there are new images posing a challenge to america's leadership around the world. did the syrian government use chemical weapons against its own people, women and children? is there new evidence? we warn you the images can be disturbing, as abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, tonight searches for the truth. >> reporter: the pictures are gut wrenching, the rebels fighting the regime say these are mothers, fathers, children killed while they slept in their homes in a damascus suburb. they say the syrian regime fired rockets on its own people, rockets carrying poisonous gas, leaving the innocent convulsing, foaming at the mouth, suffocating. >> i would be surprised if it turned out to be a fake.
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>> reporter: the images are impossible to verify for certain, and the assad regime denies the attack, saying the allegations are baseless. but we showed the pictures to a weapons expert. >> the only explanation i can see is this looks like this fellow's nerves are being destroyed potentially by something like sarin. >> reporter: the white house said today it is deeply concerned, but the white house has said that before. almost a year to the day president obama warning syria about crossing a red line. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us. >> reporter: but two months ago when the white house said it was convinced assad had carried out a small scale chemical attack, the red line seemed to blur. little was done in response. what is not debatable is the human toll. i want to show you some images. thousands of families streaming out of syria, escaping the
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bloodshed. among them, a child, diane, who will become the one millionth young syrian to flee. a sad milestone. >> it is. those are amazing pictures, martha, and thank you tonight. by the way, as martha knows, 10,000 syrians flee every single day. back here at home today we learned what the punishment will be for an historic breach of national secrets. bradley manning, the army private who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to wikileaks was sentenced to 35 years in prison today. he reportedly appeared cheerful and told his lawyers, "this is just a stage in my life. i will recover." his lawyers say he will be eligible for parole in seven years. and next we head out west where tonight a symbol of america-the-beautiful is in crises. millions of american families flock to yosemite national park with its triumphant waterfalls,
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deep valleys and the ancient sequoias. tonight, near it flames, campsites evacuated, roads closed and the wildfire is growing, as abc's neal karlinsky brings us the latest. >> reporter: tonight the gateway to one of america's most pristine national treasures is a wall of flame. yosemite national park is threatened on one side by a growing 25-square mile wildfire. >> it just breaks my heart. >> reporter: this flared up here. they want us to back out. they're going to do a backfire here to try to protect this area. >> how active is it right now? >> real active, real active. >> reporter: much of the battle is fought from the air. in rare cockpit footage, a fire fighting plane makes a dangerous run. 2,000 homes and outbuildings near the park guiding this rural
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landscape are in danger. some are evacuating, along with many who have come here to camp. neal karlinsky, abc news. now one american family grapples with a medical scare tonight, the bidens, vice-president joe biden and his son, 44-year-old beau. the son undergoing tests after an incident, he said, of disorientation and weakness. late today the vice-president himself said beau will be heading home. abc's white house correspondent jim avila has the latest on that. >> reporter: beau biden was last seen in public monday night, eating dinner with his vice-president father, joe, near the md anderson cancer center in houston. late this afternoon a vague statement from the vice-president and his wife, "yesterday our son beau underwent a successful procedure. he is in great shape and is going to be discharged and heading home to delaware." monday, his office said, the younger biden was undergoing tests after feeling weak and disoriented.
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he narrowly escaped death as a child during a terrible traffic accident that killed his mother and sister. he suffered a stroke three years ago, and just this month emergency vehicles dispatched to his delaware home after a 911 call mentioned stroke again. vice-president biden had a brain aneurism himself at age 35. tonight he's with his son. the president called joe biden to wish his son well but the only word from beau came from his twitter account. it said, quote, "touched by all of your we will wishes. thank you." jim avila, abc news, the white house. >> we want to bring in abc's chief medical editor, dr. richard besser. disorientation and weakness were the symptoms? >> when you hear those symptoms you don't want to ignore them. so many things can cause them. anything from a seizure to a medication problem, a stroke. when you hear someone at a cancer hospital you have to include something in your head, a brain tumor. >> which could be benign or malignant. >> exactly. >> he's 44 years old.
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>> you hear a young age and think you couldn't have a stroke, but more than 70,000 people of that age have a stroke every year. it's hard to know at this point what crises they're dealing with but our hearts have to go out to them and what they're coping with. >> certainly do. thank you again, rich besser. now, one of the newest cars on the market tonight is making some big claims about a break-through on car safety. the company makes that the pricey electric car tesla says they have created the safest car ever. could other car makers now do the same. one of the newest members of our team, betty liu gets behind the wheel. >> reporter: it's a tesla s, the cutting edge electric car, knows for its sleek design, is topping the charts for safety. it's five stars from the government, beating out every other car, minivan or suv. the secret, its maker, elon musk. he's made a car that's completely unconventional. there is no engine in the front.
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watch what that means in this crash test. without an engine in front, there is a long crumple zone, a buffer. you can see driver and passenger are safe. very different than traditional cars like this 2011 nissan versa, a smaller vehicle with the engine in front. you can see the car crumples, impacting the driver's seat. since then nissan has made upgrades and the newest model has earned four stars. the tesla costs over $70,000 and needs to be charged often, but the safety designs could impact all cars. >> tesla uses a unique structure where it actually layers the metal that allows it to absorb the energy. >> hopefully in ten years if things go really well, something close to a majority of new cars made will be electric. >> reporter: for a guy who is used to turning dreams into a reality, the dream of a safer ride may now be a lot closer to reality. abc news, betty liu in new york.
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we turn to those secret audio tapes that shattered a presidency and the trust of a nation. tonight for the first time we hear the last words of president nixon on the secret tape at the moment of the searing scandal of watergate. abc's jon donvan guides us as we listen. >> reporter: april 30, 1973. >> good evening. >> reporter: a night richard nixon needed friends and then -- >> hello, mr. president. >> reporter: a call from a future president, ronald reagan. the secret phone recording system kicks in. >> hello, ron, how are you? >> fine, how are you? >> reporter: not is have so good, really. nixon had announced the resignation of close aides implicated in watergate, sacrificed to save him. reagan says -- >> for what it's worth, we're still behind you out here and i wanted you to know you're in our prayers. >> reporter: nixon comes back with a compliment.
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>> i appreciate your calling and give my great ets love to nancy. how did you ever marry such a pretty girl? >> i was lucky. >> reporter: then another future president calls. >> george bush is on the phone. >> hello? >> mr. president? >> reporter: that's h.w. bush. he had seen the speech, too. >> i really was proud of you. my golly, i know it was tough. i just wanted to tell you that. >> reporter: this time nixon sounds anxious to wrap up. >> this is going to come through good and a lot of people are rooting for you. >> all right, boy. good of you to call. >> reporter: the tapes themselves would spell the end of nixon in office, despite what ron old reagan said when they wrapped up that night. >> this, too, shall pass. >> reporter: it did not. jon donvan, abc news, washington. still ahead right here on "world news," new ways to protect your family home from thieves and the time of day burglars are most likely to strike.
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teenage thief somersaulting into an empty home. the flamme family was away from home as the crook stole $1,000 worth of electronics. police across the country tend to agree, august is hot season for burglars. from california to north carolina where four men ransacked a home. a family completely unaware. now, new ways to fight back from afar. even if nobody's home, you can still be watching from anywhere, using practically any device. so tip number one, find a motion activated camera like this one. it captured a burglar entering a home and immediately sent a video to the homeowner's cell phone. >> the first thing i thought is, oh, my god. is this really real? >> reporter: the fbi believes nearly one and a half million homes are hit each year. usually in the daytime making off with about 2 grand in loot each time. tip number two, convince thieves someone is home. here's a device called fake tv.
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it has simple led lights which the manufacturerer says mimic a tv set. if the crooks think someone is home it's unlikely they'll break in. that's why timers are a good idea but you don't want lights to turn on and off at the same time every day. tip number three, set multiple times for different days. to trick would be burglars. >> driving around looking to break into a home and they see this light going on at different times makes it difficult for somebody to pick your house. >> reporter: simple advice to protect your valuables in that treasured home. gio benitez, abc news, franklin lake, new jersey. when we come back, look at this, why are 9-year-old girls on the top of airplanes? it's our "instant index." girls at the top of airplane? it's our "instant index." you see the special psyllium fiber in metamucil actually gels to trap and remove some waste.
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cousins, children and a family of professional dare devils. watch them strike poses atop these planes while going 100 miles per hour. that's the super woman pose. today they became the youngest synchronized wing walkers in the world. the girls do admit they were scared but say it felt a little like being on a roller coaster or soaring like a bird. we thank all of you for letting us look at the sky with you last night, the rare blue moon right there over mount hood and next to the washington monument and there was the moon pink at a baseball game in missouri and in california, the silhouette of a plane. we loved your pictures, this one from arizona and the fantastic golden moon in new jersey early in the morning. right there, a truly blue moon in north carolina. by the way, it appears blue when there is ash in the air.
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again, thanks. when we come back, a young boy and his football hero, his smile, his touchdown dance and america strong. it's the most powerful thing on the planet. love holds us in the beginning. comforts us as we grow old. love is the reason you care. for all the things in your life... that make life worth living. ♪ ♪ sweet love of mine a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms.
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visit and ask your doctor about celebrex. finally tonight, an 8-year-old boy gets to meet his favorite football player. talk about a touchdown. from our friends at sister network espn and make-a-wish, abc's chris connelly shows us two champions who are america strong. >> down, set, hut! >> reporter: 8-year-old lateef brock loves the game of football. >> people who see him even today would never know that he's been through so much. >> reporter: at birth lateef was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. he was not expected to live beyond his first birthday. >> he's a very, very strong little boy. he's been fighting all his life to live. >> reporter: only last year lateef finally received a kidney transplant.
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>> what was that like to go through? >> hard, painful and all that other stuff. >> reporter: lateef told make-a-wish he would like to meet his favorite player, robert griffin iii of the red skins. on lateef's big day, the team gives him a warm welcome with a contract and a sweet signing bonus. >> pick out what you want. you could actually take two. >> reporter: it's off to the locker room while someone is sneaking in to meet lateef. it's his hero, rg iii. >> whaesz what's up, man? >> what's up? >> reporter: they go from the lockers to the practice facility. the child who spent his first seven years fighting for his life finds himself throwing passes with his hero. >> you got an arm on you, man. you might need to play quarterback. >> reporter: then he's called onto the field by the coach. lateef has a play to run.
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it's a pitch to lateef brock. he sprints through the red skins defense. he can't be stopped and scores. the boy who survived so much now healthier and more active, ready to run full out into a brighter future. >> give me something up top. >> reporter: one that is america strong. >> our thanks to chris connelly. we're so glad you were watching tonight. we always have the latest at "nightline" will be here later and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow. good night. the victim of a hit and run tells his story to abc 7 news. the suspect, a world class athletes. >> very 50 years worth of
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memorabilia in this house. it's difficult to choose what to take. >> a wildfire threatens thousands of homes. we'll take you there live to the efforts now to stop the flames. >> plus concerns about traffic safety when the bay bridge shuts down next week what. will crews do if they need to get across the bay? >> and as you probably noticed shopping for school supplies can get pricey. michael finney has a trend that can get you the things you ned for your kids for free. >> impact is serious injury. >> the bay area man is a victim of a hit and run. suspect is a well known athlete. good evening, i'm cheryl jennings. >> and i'm dan ashley. the suspect is meredith kesler. vic lee is live wlt story only on abc 7 news. >> well, police obtained a
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warrant for kessler's arrest. she surrendered and pleaded not guilty. she's charged with felony hit and run accused of hitting a pedestrian. the victim tells us he's relieved. >> it's been difficult for me, my family. and everybody around me sints accident, because i'm not the same person he suffers from affects of a severe brain injury. he has no sense of smell or taste and says he lacks energy. when struck he was thrown into the air, landing head first on the street. police say witnesses and security video point to world class try athlete meredith kessler as the driver of the black jeep that struck the man. it happened march
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